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08-09-2012, 19:30
Hi All,
Picked up my new G36 last night. Used my GSSF discount. I ran a box of Federal FMJ and WWB JHP's through it at the range while I was there. I noticed the mags don't drop free, I have to pull them out. Is this normal? There was also polymer "burrs" on the upper front edge by the front edge of the follower.


08-10-2012, 03:16
The G36 I sold to a friend about 5 years ago and the one I bought 2 months ago both drop mags free with no problems.

08-10-2012, 12:41
I've had my 36 for 6 years and used numerous mags in it. No matter which one I was using (all were Glock factory mags for that gun) it dropped every time I pushed the mag release button.

08-10-2012, 18:19
Thanks. I'll have to look into it more closely to see where it's hanging up at. I disassembled and cleaned it last night and they both still drop about 1/4" and then stop.

I've got a barrel, sights and more mags on the way. :)

08-10-2012, 18:20
Mine drop free sometimes.

08-11-2012, 21:15
I have put 350+ rds through mine so far with 5 mags, and they all drop free...maybe I'm just lucky.

08-12-2012, 05:55
Where to start troubleshooting? I smoothed the burrs down. It looks like the polymer peeled a bit from the front edge of the mag. I'll see if I can get a pic.

08-25-2012, 19:35
Back in the day, as a LEO I carried a G17 with non-drop free mags. I was taught to pull the mag from the floor plate or (strip out the mag). No matter now, even with drop free mags. I still strip out the mag anyway. Just food for thought. :wavey:

08-26-2012, 14:20
for me, yes.

Jim S.
09-01-2012, 11:52
Some fine sandpaper (400 grit) will help clean up the inside of the frame and the outside of the mags.
After that a quick wipe with Armor-all works great.

01-05-2013, 13:08
My G-36 is old but when I used to shot it on a regular basis it always dropped free. But after five years of living in a holster and rarely fired just discovered that my mags no long drop free. After reading these posts cleaned the mags and used Armor-aal and now they are back to free falling. Thanks for the tip.

02-16-2013, 09:21
I have 5 mags... Most drop free. I will have to work on the ones that don't.